The Collective Stitch is an event designed to promote brick and mortar cross stitch shops and to create some cross stitch excitement. It is June 1 - August 31. Visitors to event shops will receive a different cross stitch chart from each shop. I know the shops are few and far between these days, but please visit them is you have an opportunity while on Summer vacation or if you find you are near one of the event shops. Also, if you have a shop near you who is not an event shop, please encourage them to join in 2020 when the theme will be "Summer". collectivestitch.com
When I receive the charts from the designers, I put them into a uniform format for the shops to hand out. I also put together a book which contains all of the designs from that year. I do not always get an image of a stitched model. I have a design program that will generate a "faux" stitched piece. I believe that I have a winner this year for the faux stitched piece least like the actual stitched model. "Springtime Kitten" is by Christina Barron of Charmed Needles in Ontario Oregon. As you can see, the image on the left is nothing like the actual stitched piece using the over-dyed threads chosen by the designer. I knew this was a pretty design, but seeing it as it was meant to be ups that opinion to an amazing design!! I wholeheartedly apologize to designers that I do not have time to stitch all of the designs to get a real stitched model to represent each and every design. I was so proud of myself for faking that butterfly button!!
This is my first posting of The Stitchers' Village Newsletter as a blog post. The NL will continue to be available in the newspaper office of the site, but I thought this would make it easier for some to see what is happening on the best needlework site!!
I spent time in Florida, last month, with my youngest daughter’s family. A few of the nights, I babysat her 1 and 2 year old children. There is a huge difference between visiting and being in charge of your grandchildren! I love them to pieces, but they make me realize very clearly that I am not as young as when I had my children. I was trying very hard not to say “I am old” there, haha, but I am as old as I have ever been!!
I am happy to announce the upcoming release of a new design “Helix”. Some of my first designs were based on the fabric color name of the Picture This Plus fabric used for the design. I have returned to that for some of my recent designs and am having a great time with the creative process. Included in the chart is a small design that shows my first concept after researching “helix”. It really made no sense as a stand-alone design, so I set it aside. I picked up that piece of helix fabric with the original stitching, gave it a bit of thought, and adapted the idea to a Celtic design (which is also what some of my first designs were). I am also using the “Helix” chart, combining it with a batch of orphan fabrics all very similar, and using different threads for a special Limited Edition Kit “Celtic Mist”. These will be available as soon as the threads arrive.
I hope everyone is having a great Summer so far!! Happy Stitching! Patty
2019 Collective Stitch
The Collective Stitch is a cross stitch event! It is a shop hop, mystery stitch, and treasure hunt all rolled in to one! Each event shop will have a different design created with a specific theme and size. During the Collective Stitch, visit the event shops to collect their design and stitch any or all of them into a very unique project. The size is such that they could be stitched in a band sampler. 2020 theme will be “Summer” to complete the season themes. Yes! We have a Canadian shop participating this year!! If you say “my LNS is not participating”, you should talk to them and encourage them to join next year! For more information, collectivestitch.com
Drawings and Contests
The June drawing winner: Donna T., NC
Prize: 2019 Collective Stitch Book
The July drawing will be for a Limited Edition kit “Celtic Mist” from Stitchers’ Village Designs Entries must be received by 7/31/19 - the winner will be chosen at random from entries Use the code “Celtic Mist” when you submit the form
Enter by filling out the drawing form HERE http://stitchersvillage.com/library/drawing-form
X's and Oh's "Possible"
From Nancy’s Needle “Country Garden”
Fern Ridge Collection "Summer Angel"
I have long been a Swarovski Crystal fan and once upon a time made doll jewelry and sold it on Ebay. This left me with a collection of crystals and I do like to add them to stitching projects, where suitable. So, I hope that you will “get” this little design and picture the possibilities it might present with the various thread color options combined with some crystals. Think burst of fireworks with red and blue thread and some sparkly crystals. The center fits a small cube bead and the outer openings fit bicone beads.
I actually had some little kits called “Crystal Charmers” that were small designs with fabric, thread, and crystals included (see picture below). I had several “charmer” designs for the display of crystals, buttons, and even old brooches to use as ornaments, etc. NOTE: To see further information about this complimentary design, you may wish to view the newsletter pdf
For quite some time, TSV has had the exclusivity for Picture This Plus fabric "orphans" - dye batches that did not come out as the color intended and are not a part of the color line. This has come to an end with some changes in the retail side of PTP, but I do still have some on hand and will be offering them as time allows. Among the fabric orphans I have are a batch that I saved for a special project and have now made use of. "Celtic Mist" will be a Limited Edition Kit available in the next few weeks (waiting on threads and possible embellishments). The picture above is the "fresh off of the q-snap" image and I am considering some embellishments. So, the final cost of the kit has yet to be determined and these will be very few in number. I might also add that the design used for the kit is being released this month as "Helix" with completely different coloring. I have mentioned, before, that it is really hard to make decisions on fabric and thread and overall color when preparing a design. Eventually, a decision must be made. This LE kit allows me to get around that limitation, just a little bit!!
The 2019 Collective Stitch cross stitch event began on June 1 and runs through August 31. Event shops will have a different cross stitch chart for visitors during the event. Sponsors are Just Cross Stitch magazine who will be awarding 3 subscriptions and Sulky of America who will be awarding one full set of cotton petites threads and two half sets in drawings at the close of the event. These drawings will be random and winners will be notified through the information provided on the drawing entry form. To enter, you must visit at least one of the event shops and have the drawing code which is unique to each shop and found on the chart. Here is a list of event shops grouped by state.